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No regrets

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HE left his paid job three years ago to toil the land and he has not regretted making the switch.

For Esava Nabuta, the decision to go into full-time farming is today paying dividends.

The 39-year-old soft-spoken farmer of Nadala in Nadarivatu concentrates on vegetable farming, mostly tomatoes, capsicum and zucchini.

And he does that when tomatoes, capsicum and zucchini are not in season, as produce cultivated during the off-season fetches him more money.

Mr Nabuta said the cool weather conditions experienced in Nadarivatu daily helped in cultivating tomatoes, capsicum, zucchini and other vegetables.

"I was working with one of the companies and I left the job three years ago to take up vegetable farming.

"I plant vegetables on five acres of land," he said.

"Whatever I harvest from my farm is sold to middlemen at the Suva, Nadi and Lautoka markets, which I visit every three weeks.

"It takes three months for capsicum to be ready while zucchini takes five weeks.

"I focus on vegetable farming during the off-season from November to May."

Mr Nabuta said capsicum fetched a good price in the market, saying he sold it to the middlemen for $10 a kilogram.

He works in his vegetable farm from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. He is married with a child.

"I don't regret leaving my paid job and making the bold decision to utilise the land by doing vegetable farming."

With the assistance of the Agriculture Ministry, Mr Nabuta is also constructing a nursery to keep seedlings before transplanting them in his farm.





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